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Please join us for the 2020 Milwaukee/Chicago Virtual National Portfolio Day hosted by the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 11am – 3pm CST. This is an online event. To register, please visit We encourage prospective students and their families, high school teachers, community college faculty and school counselors to attend this free event.

This is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


This event requires registration to enter the virtual exhibit hall. To register, please visit

We recognize that students attending virtual National Portfolio Days may have questions. A Frequently Asked Questions page created by the National Portfolio Day Association regarding the 2020 events is located at

MIAD is required to follow the National Portfolio Day Association’s guidelines, which limit portfolio reviews to four hours.



National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes. Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback.  We understand that some people make certain kinds of art more successfully than others. Use National Portfolio Day as a learning opportunity, a chance to be inspired by other students and their work.

National Portfolio Day is also about the exchange of information about your work, yourself, your college plans, and your concerns.  This is not an examination or competition.  The college representatives are pleased to talk about their programs with you and can be most helpful when discussing your artwork. Your portfolio should include your best and most recent work, but it can also include works in-progress, sketchbooks and tear sheets. You’ll hear many different opinions of your work. Don’t hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas or where you want to go with them. No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at National Portfolio Day. Some college representatives may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Other colleges have restrictions that prohibit them from making a formal decision at the time of your review.  We urge you to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

When choosing an art college keep in mind that art-making is a very special kind of learning experience. In addition to considering academic standards, extracurricular activities, cost, and financial aid, there are other things to think about. Faculty, facilities and equipment, proximity to museums, galleries and other cultural resources should be of concern. We urge you to thoroughly review materials from the schools you find interesting. Get as much information as you can so you can choose a supportive and stimulating environment that is right for you.



More than 90 accredited member schools are registered to attend virtual National Portfolio Days this fall. To view the full schedule and a complete list of participating schools, please visit